The Story of the Scholarship

In 2015 we celebrated 20 years of sending students to study abroad. We chose to celebrate the milestone with our 20 for 20 campaign – together with our overseas partners, we offered 20 scholarships to celebrate 20 years totaling more than $150,000 in scholarship funds. We also introduced the TEAN Full Ride Scholarship designed to cover tuition, program fees, housing and airfare for one outstanding student during the Spring 2016 semester.

It’s always been our mission to make studying abroad more accessible to a range of students, so we decided to bring back the Global Opportunity (GO) Full Ride Scholarship for the years to follow.

We are accepting applications now for next year’s full ride and it covers tuition, program fees and orientation up to $15,000 in value. There is not a separate application for the GO Full Ride. All applicants who apply for one of the other TEAN scholarships by the deadline will be considered. There will be one GO Full Ride Scholarship awarded for per year .Below you can meet some of the past Full Ride Scholarship recipients.

Past Recipients

Nada Abdulaziz

University of Pittsburgh

South Korea

Summer in Seoul
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2021

A Pell Grant recipient and first generation college student at the University of Pittsburgh, Nada was born in Baghdad, Iraq and moved to the United States with her family at the age of 10. No one she knew had ever attended college, so she found herself highly invested in her own education and graduated high school early with a 4.2 GPA. On campus, she’s involved in TRIO SSS, an organization that supports first generation students, in addition to SCIOLY, a program that runs academic competitions for high school and middle school students. Off campus, her proudest involvement is with the Muslim mosque in her community, where she holds free sessions for immigrant children and anyone who needs assistance with their college application process. Nada looks forward to understanding how education is valued in Korean society compared to the U.S. and Iraq. As a biological sciences major, she believes that her time studying abroad in South Korea will provide her with the global perspective necessary to improve American medicine.

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Erin Bergeron

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

New Zealand

University of Auckland
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2020

Erin is a senior Kinesiology major at University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a 3.7 GPA. She is a foster youth who has overcome personal and financial challenges to become an outstanding student and involved member of her community. She is currently interning as a personal trainer and volunteering with the Every Voice Official Coalition to empower and connect students and leaders throughout Massachusetts to support sexual assault survivors. Last summer, she interned with Athletic Training for the UMass Amherst Division 1 Football Team. She has been involved in various research projects since her freshman year and teaches fitness classes on campus. She also has travelled to Haiti on a service trip volunteering with children living with muscular dystrophy and studied abroad over the summer in Kyrgyzstan learning about social, developmental and political change in Central Asia.

Zoua Pa Yang

Mount Mary University


Summer in Thailand
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2019

Zoua Pa Yang is a first generation college student whose parents immigrated to the U.S. after fleeing persecution in Laos. Her application addressed the challenges she has overcome as a Hmong woman raised in Milwaukee, including issues of racism and poverty while growing up in a household with ten siblings. On campus, Zoua Pa is a member of the Grace Scholars Program and involved in Promise Program, which dedicated to supporting first generation college students who come from low income households. She is also a member of the Asian Student Organization (ASO), the Student Art Therapy Association (SATA) and has worked as a Student Ambassador in the Mount Mary University Admissions Office. Off­-campus, she is an active member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee (RCM). Zoua Pa says that becoming an art therapist will allow her to give support to people in her community and one of her goals while abroad is to gain knowledge about Thai culture to enhance her understanding of cultural diversity, and apply this knowledge to her art therapy career.

Katie Sause

University of Rhode Island


Australian Environment, Wildlife & Conservation
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2018

Katie is a sophomore Environmental and Natural Resource Economics major at University of Rhode Island with a 3.84 GPA. She is an active member of the Herpetology Club, Sailing Club, and Environmental and Natural Resource Student Association (ENRESA) on campus. In the community, she volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters on weekly basis as a mentor. She has also spent time volunteering for Ronald McDonald House and her town’s local nursing home. In addition to her resume and academics, Katie’s application stood out for her commitment to sustainability and environment. Her passion and knowledge will continue to grow by attending this study abroad program which will be her first international trip. While her future plans are still in development, Katie says her longtime passion for wildlife protection, in conjunction with her more recent interest in sustainable development, has led her to develop the dream of working for organizations such as The World Wildlife Fund or The United Nations. She has future academic goals of attending Graduate School and continuing to broaden her worldview.

Marlee Giacometti

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Thailand & Vietnam

Thailand / Vietnam Semester
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2017

Marlee is a junior Conservation & Environmental Science major at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. On campus she is a work-study student in the Financial Aid Office, where she helps her peers with financial aid and completing tasks like their FAFSA application. Marlee is an alumni of AmeriCorps NCCC Atlantic Region Class 21 and served a 10-month term of community service through this program. The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team­ based national and community service relating to conservation and environmental stewardship, rural and urban development, youth mentorship and education, and disaster relief. In addition to AmeriCorps, Marlee has volunteered with WWOOF USA (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and worked on a farm in California harvesting vegetables, tending to chickens and working at farmers markets. Last semester she volunteered 30 hours at a Milwaukee public school working on an urban agriculture project; she was working on building a hydroponics gardening system so the school could grow their own vegetables and improve the school’s indoor air quality.

Allison Paxton

Ohio University

South Korea

Summer in Seoul
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2017

Allison is a sophomore majoring in Fine Arts Studio Art: Graphic Design at Ohio University. On campus, she is the President of the Korean Language Association (KLA), a representative of KLA at the International Student Union, the Outreach Chair and Fundraising Manager of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and a member of the Japanese Student Association at OU. She has also been working with the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) since her freshman year and is a Resident Assistant for one of the residence halls on campus. In addition to her extracurricular activities on campus, Allison is also an academically driven student with a 3.9 GPA. At the end of her freshman year, she was invited to join the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society (ALD) on campus, which focuses on academic scholarship, leadership, and community service. To be eligible to join, she had to have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher her first year and rank in the top 20% of her class.

Sarah Jakositz

University of New Hampshire

New Zealand

University of Canterbury
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2016

Sarah is a sophomore Environmental Engineering major at the University of New Hampshire with a cumulative 3.8 GPA. On-campus Sarah is a member of the UNH chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a volunteer barista at the Freedom Café that helps support and education visitors on the issues surrounding human trafficking and she is a member of the local chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Sarah is also a participant in university research focusing on the interactions between local climate change policies and the citizens they affect. She recently had the opportunity to visit Chicago and present the research at the American Public Health Association annual conference. In her community, Sarah has been an educator and leader at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center since 2011 where she facilitates overnight groups on Sedge Island in Barnegat Bay, NJ and educates guests on local ecosystems and the importance of protecting them. She is a research mentor, which means teaching high school students about the basics and importance of independent research. Sarah is a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program alum and went on a service trip with them earlier this year to the Dominican Republic.

Monea Kerr

Western Washington University


Summer in Thailand
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2016

Monea is a junior Journalism and Public Relations double major at Western Washington University. She is a lead mentor for an on-campus group called Compass 2 Campus that trains university students how to be mentors for elementary, middle and high school students with the goal to increase opportunities toward higher education for underrepresented and diverse communities. Monea has spent time mentoring students, and supervising other university mentors. She currently serves as the president of both the Communication Club and The Golden Key International Honor Society Chapter. This past summer Monea worked as a camp counselor through the Recreation Center on campus. She spent seven weeks with students from ages 4-13 working with to build team strategy skills. The last three weeks of camp, she also worked with Korean exchange students through our Jeongsang Language School Academy on campus. “As a first generation college student of color, I want to step outside of my comfort zone by studying abroad to show others that may be in my position that it is possible as long as you set your heart and mind to it.”

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